Colour: Light gold
Nose: Peppermint, melon, cucumber
Palate: Yuzu, grapefruit, lemon thyme
Finish: refreshing, subtle smoke
The Founder of Japanese Whisky
Shinjiro Torii, the founder of Japanese whisky, had a vision to create a perfect whisky that reflects the nature of Japan and the spirit of Japanese craftmanship. In 1923, he took the first step toward in realising this vision and he initiated the construction of the Yamazaki Distillery, Japan’s first malt whisky distillery. For over 90 years, Shinjiro’s unswerving passion and outstanding craftmanship have been passed down from generation to generation, who have continued to take Japanese whisky to new heights.
Pursuit of Whisky Distinctive to Japan
Shinjiro Torii believed that nature gives an enormous influence on whisky that is matured over a long period of time. After a persistent search for an ideal environment for whisky making he finally reached the land of Yamazaki on the outskirts of Kyoto where the location is blessed with pure spring water. In 1973, the Hakushu distillery, Suntory’s second distillery was built in the midst of the forest of the Southern Japan Alps. Spirits s produced with Japanese unique pure spring water are matured over years in the subtle change of seasons peculiar to Japan, creating distinctive subtle, refined yet complex flavour unlike any other in the world. Furthermore. Suntory’s whisky making has continued its innovations by the craftsmen who have inherited Shinjiro Torii’s spirit of endless pursuit of perfection.
Whisky Distiller of the Year
Suntory is not only the first distiller in Japan, but also the first Japanese recipient of this prestigious international award. In recognition of its international contribution and passion for whisky making Suntory has won the Distiller of the Year Award at the “International Spirits Challenge 2010”. Suntory’s unceasing challenge has continued, and it won the same award in 2012 and 2013, making Suntory achieve global recognition.
In 1973, the Hakushu Distillery was built in a dense forest at the foot of Mt. Kaikomagatake with numerous streams including Ojira River, one of the top 100 spring waters in Japan. Various blessings of the forest such as natural water of the Southern Japan Alps purified by granite rocks, Japan’s distinctive four seasons, majestic forest atmosphere full of inspiration, and the enriching and intense climate caused by the altitude richly mature the whisky. The “Single Malt Whisky Hakushu Distiller’s Reserve” born in Hakushu distillery is a refreshing whisky characterized by the brisk aroma and flavour that remind of fresh green in the forest. Enjoy a new whisky experience that makes you feel as if to take you into the forest.
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*Info taken from bottle